Yale laboratory fit-outs achieve LEED Gold

Located in New Haven, CT, the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH) is Yale School of Public Health’s main building housing research labs and offices. Over the course of 4 years, Atelier Ten collaborated with the design team and provided LEED program administration services for the renovation and fit-out of the 6th floor and 7th floors. The 6th Floor renovation achieved the goal of LEED Gold certification in November of 2012 and the 7th floor has achieved the same in January 2014.

Originally designed by renowned American architect Philip Johnson, the program of the 7th floor consists of high-energy use dry and wet bench lab space which challenged the project’s energy efficiency goals. Priorities for the 7th floor renovation were focused on energy use reduction and water use reduction, healthy materials and indoor air quality, and creating an appealing and visually comfortable lab environment. Lab sinks serve the 30 individual lab stations and large equipment are consolidated into shared equipment rooms to minimize noise levels and to manage generated heat load effectively. Additional energy efficiency improvements in the project are achieved by the new Variable Air Volume HVAC system, low air-changes per hour (ACH) with night-time set-backs, and the new Direct Digital control (DDC) systems connected to the main building management system. Through Atelier Ten’s guidance, the project demonstrates a total water use reduction of 40% and a 25% lighting power density reduction below ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Standards. Despite the construction site restraints, the team recycled 98% of demolition and construction debris, diverting it from landfills.

The Atelier Ten team includes Associate, Larry Jones and Senior Environmental Designer, Marta Bouchard from the New Haven office.